American Medical News - "Hospital-based palliative care rises 19%"

New York, NY
 – October 17, 2011 /Press Release/  –– 

The nation has improved its overall grade on providing hospital-based palliative care to a B, up from a C in 2008. The higher grade is due to a 19 percent rise in the number of hospitals with palliative care teams since 2008, according to a report released in October. The number of 50-plus bed hospitals with palliative care teams has nearly tripled since 2000 to 63 percent, said the research conducted by the Center to Advance Palliative Care, a New York nonprofit that helps hospitals set up palliative care operations. "The Joint Commission doesn't require palliative care teams for accreditation, yet nonetheless we've seen an exponential growth in a very short period of time," said Diane E. Meier, MD, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care and co-author of the study.
- Dr. Diane Meier, Professor, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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